The Specs

Below you can find the detailed specs.

Advatronix Cirrus 1200 (version 2013)
CPU & RAM Intel Xeon E3-1265LV2 4C/8T (2.4 GHz, 8MB L3)
Up to 32GB of ECC DDR3 UDIMMs dual channel, 1600 MHz
Motherboard Supermicro X9SCL
Storage Drive Bays 12 x 3.5" hot swappable (hard drive cage)
Populated w 8x Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB—RAID-10
All HD write back caches disabled

6x 2.5'' hot swappable (SSD front drive cage)
Populated w 2x Intel SSD710 200GB—RAID-1
Controller Adaptec ASR71605Q with "MaxCache" and BBU Enabled
Cooling Front 80mm fan
Rear 2x 120mm fan
Top none
Left Side 80mm fan
Bottom none
I/O Ports 4x USB 2.0 front
2x USB 2.0 rear
2x RJ-45 Ethernet rear
PS/2 mouse and Keyboard
RJ-45 IPMI 2.0 Ethernet
VGA D-sub
Serial Com

Optional : 1x RJ45 10G Ethernet
Power Supply One 400W 80 Plus Gold PSU (not in our review unit) or
Dual Redundant Athena Power 500W AP-RRMUD6508 (review unit)
Case Dimensions Height 14" 13/16" (376mm)
Width 12" 1/2" (317,5mm)
Depth 12" 5.5/16" (313mm)
Weight—54 lbs (24.5 kg)
Prominent Features Cube design
Two large 3.5" disk enclosure with hot swappable drives and one
Pricing includes 12 SATA drives
Price starting at $4449 (with CentOS and 4GB of RAM)

Advatronix clearly targets people with demanding storage requirements: even the low-end configuration comes with ten 2TB SATA drives (RAID-5 + one hotspare) for your data, and two 250GB SSDs in RAID-1 for your boot disks. To keep the starting price low, the server only comes with 4GB RAM, which is a bad call in our opinion. Even if you use the Advatronix as a massive capacity NAS, the extra RAM is very helpful as the OS can use the RAM as file system cache. For $150, you can get 16GB, so it's not a big deal, but it would have been better to start with two 8GB DIMMs.

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  • thomas-hrb - Friday, June 06, 2014 - link

    If you looking at storage servers under the desk why not consider something like the DELL VRTX. that at least have a significant advantage in the scalability department. You can start small and re-dimension to many different use cases as you grow Reply
  • JohanAnandtech - Friday, June 06, 2014 - link

    Good suggestion, although the DELL VRTX is a bit higher in the (pricing) food chain than the servers I described in this article. Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, June 06, 2014 - link

    With room for 4 blades in the enclosure the VRTX is also significantly higher in terms of overall capability. Were you unable to find a server from someone else that was a close match in specifications to the Cirrus 1200? Even if it cost significantly more, I think at least one of comparison systems should've been picked for equivalent capability instead of equivalent pricing. Reply
  • npz - Friday, June 06, 2014 - link

    I myself have been looking around for a while and have not found any tower/office system that offers more than 8 x 3.5" drives from Dell, HP, Supermicro, etc. (If anyone finds one I'd love to know!)

    I know Synology offers a 12 disk large cube NAS, but I don't want their OS and don't like their hardware. So I built my own 12 x SATA hotplug instead.
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  • npz - Friday, June 06, 2014 - link

    Well, aside from this Advatronix that is, which now has my interest.

    All drive bays on my machine are taken, but this Cirrus 1200 still has room for 6 x 2.5" drives in its 5.25" optical bay. (I also have the same 6 x 2.5" drives in 5.25" bay adapter for another machine)
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  • Haravikk - Monday, June 09, 2014 - link

    I'm still disappointed by the attention to detail on a lot of these products. I just built my own RAID chassis, in my case for direct attached storage rather than a NAS, but I've just modified a cheap 9x 5.25" bay PC case, installing backplanes into the bays gives me room for up to 15 3.5" drives or up to 54 2.5" bays (in my case 10 3.5" drives, but with three bays left for expanding.

    Only cost me about $600 before drives, it runs cool, and is practically silent thanks to two 120mm fans (one per backplane) and a 140mm fan as a top exhaust since the unit doesn't have much room for circulation behind it, plus it's much easier to keep clean.

    I dunno, a lot of these units are massive for what they are, and this advatronix one is really ugly; okay so I know aesthetics aren't a big deal, but if I can make a neat looking chassis from a cheap gaming case, a hacksaw and a piece of plastic (for a new back) then you'd think a proper company could do something a bit less obtrusive.
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  • jjeff1 - Friday, June 06, 2014 - link

    I'm not sure who would want this server. If you have a large SQL database, you definitly need more memory and better reliability. Same thing if you have a large amount of business data.

    Dell, HP or IBM could all provide a better box with much better support options. This HP server supports 18 disk slots, 2 12 core CPUs, and 768GB memory.

    http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/proliant-servers...
    It'll cost more, no doubt. But if you have a business that's generating TBs of data, you can afford it.
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  • npz - Friday, June 06, 2014 - link

    That must be for the rack mount form factor because if you look at the tower version specs when you go configure it to buy, it only supports 6 x 3.5" or 8 x 2.5" max.

    Also, businesses that deal with lots of TB of data don't have to be big businesses at all. Many small to tiny businesses and individuals can EASILY generate and/or work with many TBs of data if they deal with multimedia.
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  • Jeff7181 - Sunday, June 08, 2014 - link

    If you have a large SQL database, or any SQL database, you wouldn't run it on this box. This is a storage server, not a compute server. Reply
  • Gonemad - Friday, June 06, 2014 - link

    I've seen U server racks on wheels, with a dark glass and keys locking it, but that was just an empty "wardrobe" where you would put your servers. It was small enough to be pushed around, but with enough real estate to hide a keyboard and monitor in there, like a hypervisor KVM solution. On the plus side, if you ever decided to upgrade, just plop your gear on a real rack unit. It felt less cumbersome than that huge metal box you showed there.

    Then again, a server that conforms to a rack shape is needed.
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